April Reads and ending series

Hi all,

Very quick post today as I’m waaaay the heck behind schedule. School holidays are coming to an end–one more day!–and suddenly all the stuff I meant to do has snuck up on me. I suspect I’ll spend a good few hours tomorrow re-labeling uniforms and embroidering initials on school sox. Don’t ask *eyeroll*

As per usual during school holidays, I don’t get as much time as I’d like to read, so the list this month is somewhat brief. But amongst the list were the final books of three great series: Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.

I first bought Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking as an eBook a few years ago. Loved it to bits! Bought the next two books in the series as eBooks, too. And kept up with the rest of the series in hardback via the library. Now that I’ve finally read the entire series, I want them all in paperback. They’re keepers that I’ll read over and over again, so I need to have them in my permanent collection. (I also need another bookshelf, but that’s a whole ‘nother story *g*) Anyway, I was really really sad to see the series end. I kind of hoped for a definitive Happy Ever After with someone special for Rachel, the heroine of series, too. The series ends with a promise of one, and yanno what? I’ve decided that’s okay. It was a realistic ending for Rachel–a good ending. She’s grown so much during the series that it would almost be a cop-out for her to pair up with a certain someone right at the end of the series.

So do I wish the ending had been different? A part of me says, yeah. For sure! Because I’m a sucker for the big romantic HEA. And another part of me says, nope. It’s the perfect ending for who Rachel has become. So bravo, Ms Harrison. It’s not easy to maintain a series over nine books with one heroine, and still keep readers rooting for that heroine.

BTW, I especially love the attention to detail on the covers. Yes, Rachel does wear a white leather dress in this story!

Another series that I finished up this month was Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. And all I can say is that I need to buy up all five books and read them all again in one go. Mmm. Perhaps that kind of says it all, huh? Short and sweet and to the point–how very unlike me *g*.

And finally, there was Darkest Mercy, the final book in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, where we revisit Aislinn, Keenan, Seth, and Donia, and discover whether there’s ever such a thing as a happily ever after when Faeries are involved. Stunning ending, BTW. I loved it!

Haven’t got time to post blurbs. But please do check out the website links for each series to find out more. If you’re a series lover like me, then I can’t recommend these three series enough.

And without further ado, here’s the full reading list for April”

  • Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
  • Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead
  • Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
  • Across The Universe by Beth Revis
  • Hearts in Darkness by Keri Arthur
  • Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
  • Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
  • Madhouse by Rob Thurman
  • Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
  • Draw The Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
  • Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Cheers!

M

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